Frazil Ice: Yosemite’s Natural “Slushy” Machine

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Frazil Ice: Yosemite’s Natural “Slushy” Machine

Yosemite National Park wears on its spring bodice a strange and delightful but potentially dangerous natural effect called Frazil Ice. Normally this beautiful occurrence doesn’t happen until March or April but according to park service staff Frazil Ice has shown up a little bit earlier than usual this year. 

Frazil Ice is created when mist, falling from the falls, turns into ice, at night in below freezing temperatures, and drops into the churning water below. It mixes with the water creating a “slushy” effect which directs and redirects Yosemite Creek from its normal pathways in seconds. 

It’s a wonderful, natural occurrence which deserves a curious mind, observant eyes, and/or cameras but be safe by understanding its nature. Frazil Ice appears to be snow like however it is not. On top you see snow which appears denser than it really is. Underneath its beautiful exterior can lie a fast flowing creek with water as deep as head high. 

If you want to see sites, such as Frazil Ice, in Yosemite National Park then now would be the time to come and visit. These sights are magical and exist for such a short period during the year. 

Take a look here and see what this wonderful natural “slushy” machine looks like…. though that being said it is much more impressive in person.